Buster Posey’s rehab is going off without a hitch

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Chris Haft of MLB.com checked in yesterday with Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner, who said that Buster Posey’s rehab from left leg injuries is going well.

Groeschner said that Posey’s current regimen mainly involves cardiovascular work, such as riding a stationary bicycle and running on a treadmill. In early January, Posey will resume baseball-related activities such as hitting and throwing and will run on flat ground. He performed these activities during September and October at the Giants’ training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Posey’s 2011 season came to an unfortunate and ugly end in a nasty home-plate collision with the Marlins’ Scott Cousins in late-May. The injuries included torn ligaments in his left ankle and a fractured bone in his lower leg.

The Giants expect Posey to be ready to participate in drills when spring training begins in mid-February. The plan calls for him to be the primary catcher next season, though Bruce Bochy said earlier this week that they may give him occasional playing time at first base in order to keep his bat in the lineup and ease the burden on his leg.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.